Kate Boston, registered dietician and owner of Cultivate Your plate, encourages her clients to get as many vitamins and minerals by eating whole foods, but individuals who don’t like fish may find it more difficult to get omega-3 fatty acids into their diets. Omega-3 nutrients have huge health benefits, including decreasing triglycerides, managing blood pressure, and improving brain health. “They help decrease risks of heart disease and prostate and breast cancers,” she says.
While salmon, tuna, Brussels sprouts, and walnuts are great natural omega-3 sources, Kate says Nordic Naturals and Carlson are two supplement brands that she recommends for people who know they won’t eat enough natural foods to meet the safe level of 500 milligrams a day. Individuals who take blood thinners should be careful about omega-3 supplements because they can have a blood thinning effect.
By Carrie Vittitoe